Law Seminars International Presents: Our Fourth Annual Workshop on

Patent Claim Construction
New developments and practical tips for successful patent litigation - Featuring The Hon. Virginia M. Kendall

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

February 13, 2009
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, including in-house counsel and private practitioners, business executives and expert witnesses involved in patent prosecution and litigation

Why Order

Claim construction is the single most important phase of a patent case, and is often dispositive of infringement and validity issues. "Patent Claim Construction" is an intensive one-day seminar covering today's key issues in claim construction, including current case law overview and update, recent developments from the Federal Circuit, litigation strategies, effective appellate advocacy and other pertinent issues.

A highlight of the program will be a federal judge discussing her view on the process.

This seminar is designed for litigators, in-house counsel and court clerks involved in patent cases, whether at the pre-filing, litigation or appellate stages. The presenters are experienced patent professionals who have been involved in all aspects of patent cases. Their knowledge and insight will provide practitioners and non-practitioners alike with the essential tools and information necessary to work with proper claim construction.

~ Meredith Martin Addy, Esq. and Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Friday, February 13, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Meredith Martin Addy, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione / Chicago, IL

Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cook Alex Ltd. / Chicago, IL

8:45 am

The Claim Construction Game

Review of recent Federal Circuit case law on substantive and procedural issues in patent claim interpretation

Edward D. Manzo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cook Alex Ltd. / Chicago, IL

9:30 am

Claim Construction Issues on Appeal to the Federal Circuit

The many strategies that increase your odds on appeal to greater than 50/50 and can mean the difference between affirmance or reversal

Meredith Martin Addy, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione / Chicago, IL

10:15 am


10:30 am

Litigation Strategies from Plaintiff and Defendant Perspectives

Patentee concerns and strategies for claim construction: The evaluation of venue; the timing, structure and composition of the proceeding

Paul K. Vickrey, Esq.
Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd. / Chicago, IL

Defendant strategies for summary judgment motions or trial; successful claim constructions through briefing, hearings and summary judgment; use of experts, tutorials and special masters

Richard A. Cederoth, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago, IL

11:30 am

Adapting to the Changes in the Law: Tips for Successful Claim and Specification Drafting to Avoid Undesired or Unpredictable Results

Managing patent drafting both internally and with outside counsel; making sure the people who are drafting your patent use plain language and get the results you want; special considerations for means plus function approach to claim drafting

Craig A. Summerfield, Esq.
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione / Chicago, IL

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

View From the Bench

Insight on the patent claim construction process; what is persuasive and what is not; what demonstrative evidence is effective; whether, and at what point in time, a claim construction tutorial is helpful

The Hon. Virginia M. Kendall, Northern District of Illinois Judge
United States District Court / Chicago, IL

2:30 pm

The Development of Claim Construction Theory and Practice

Origins of patent claiming requirements; patent claims' role to establish boundaries of exclusive rights & provide public notice of those rights; "intrinsic" & "extrinsic" evidence of the meaning of patent claims; legal theories of claim interpretation

Robert J. Silverman, Esq., Ph.D.
Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi, LLP / Cambridge, MA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Using Demonstrative Evidence to Help Win Claim Construction Disputes

The increasingly important role of graphics in claim construction disputes; elements of a successful graphic; how graphics can enhance your argument and increase your chances of winning; examples from major disputes from around the country

G. Christopher Ritter, Esq., Member and Case Manager
The Focal Point LLC / Oakland, CA

4:15 pm


Rules and practical tips of particular importance in patent claims; potential conflicts of interest

William J. Campbell, Jr., Esq.
DLA Piper / Chicago, IL

5:15 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 6.75 IL CLE credits including 1 ethics. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
Order Homestudy

Faculty Bios

Meredith Martin Addy, Program Co-Chair, partner and chair of the Appellate Group at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, focuses on litigation. She is President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and is chair of the AIPLA Amicus Committee. She is listed in Chambers USA and in The Best Lawyers in America, and named one of the "Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers."
Full bio and contact info for Meredith Martin Addy at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Edward D. Manzo, Program Co-Chair, founding partner of Cook Alex Ltd., focuses on patent law. He is Editor-in-Chief of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit (Thomson West) and Patent Claim Interpretation-Global Edition (Thomson West). He is Vice President of IPLAC, listed in Who's Who in the World and named an "Illinois Super Lawyer."
Full bio and contact info for Edward D. Manzo at Cook Alex Ltd.

William J. Campbell, partner at DLA Piper, focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, including the pretrial, trial and appellate stages of lawsuits. He is named an "Illinois Super Lawyer."

Richard Cederoth, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, focuses on litigated patent matters, primarily in the software, computer and semiconductor fields, and related counseling. He is listed in Chambers USA.

The Hon. Virginia M. Kendall, United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School. Previously, she was Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago.

G. Christopher Ritter, Member and Case Manager at The Focal Point LLC, specializes in helping clients develop persuasive case theories toward the creation of graphics and other tools that influence decision makers. He wrote "Creating Winning Trial Strategies and Graphics" and is co-author of "Packaging and Presenting Your Case to Win."

Robert J. Silverman, Ph.D., of counsel at Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi, LLP, specializes in patent and trade secret litigation at the trial and appellate levels and is experienced in patent prosecution. He was named a "Rising Star" by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and is co-author of "Instruments and the Imagination."

Craig A. Summerfield, shareholder at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, focuses on patent prosecution and counseling, including drafting applications, interviewing examiners, providing advice on the scope of protection, using patents to prevent competitive market challenges, and licensing.
Full bio and contact info for Craig A. Summerfield at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Paul K. Vickrey, partner at Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, Ltd., focuses on patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets, winning jury trials in federal and state courts. He is on the editorial board of the Business Torts Reporter, and served on the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Subcommittee for patent cases. He serves on the committee responsible for drafting proposed Local Patent Rules for the Northern District of Illinois.